History of the Midway Chapel, Pt. 2

by David Hanson, USS Midway Museum Curator

Courtesy of David Hanson

Over the course of a couple months in late 2008 the chapel took shape, being worked on by myself and the few volunteers in our spare time. Once all of the paneling had been installed the space had a different look and feel to it, and I began to look at how to furnish the space. While I perused furniture catalogs for things like appropriate chairs, I got word that the USS Kittyhawk CV-63 had arrived in town, making a stop on her way to Bremerton to join the Ready Reserve Fleet there. Contact was made with the Chaplain’s department onboard Kittyhawk and the head chaplain (knowing that the Kittyhawk was leaving active service) offered to give the Midway Museum all of their chapel
furnishings as well as most of the items from their chaplain’s offices. Again, NHHC made the gifts an official loan from the US Navy to the Midway Museum (items that have to be accounted for in an annual report each year).

We received from Kittyhawk a room full of chairs, a host box, a holy water dispenser, a podium, an altar, and other items which we installed in the chapel. The podium was an ugly piece of (mostly) unpainted bare metal, which we scraped clean and then covered with leftover wood paneling from the walls so that it now looks like it is made of wood. A large Midway logo decal was purchased on eBay and affixed to the front of the podium, making it a Midway podium.

All of the items from the Kittyhawk’s chaplains office were transferred to the Midway’s chaplains office next door (that space was semi-restored after the chapel was completed, and is now open for “behind the scenes” tours). We heard later that the XO of the Kittyhawk was livid with anger that someone had removed equipment from his ship without his permission. He had been tasked by the Navy to keep the ship in fighting condition as the ship went into the active reserve fleet. However someone convinced him that the ship could still fight without the chapel being available, so he supposedly relented.

Lights were installed in the ceiling panels. Stanchions with thick leather ropes were purchased to separate the sitting area from the front where the altar, podium, and items not to be touched by the public were located. An alarm system to detect intruders going past the stanchions was installed (but later permanently deactivated because the alarm kept going off.)

I found an old (1950’s) record album on eBay of the Naval Academy chapel choir singing Navy hymns and transferred one recording to a digital file that now plays over speakers installed in the ceiling. That track is “Eternal Father, Strong To Save” (The Navy Hymn).

History of the Midway Chapel, Pt 1

By David Hanson, USS Midway Museum Curator

During the first few years of the Midway Museum’s being open to the public (2004-2008), many new areas were added to the tour route as additional spaces were refurbished for public access. The highest priority was for unique spaces that helped tell the story of the “City At Sea”, which told the visitors of how a large carrier had all of the amenities that you would expect in any city: eating places, laundry, post office, barber shop, etc.

I thought one aspect that was missing from the story was the aspect of religion. The ship had a chapel, but it was not to be restored or made available for visitation due to being “off the tour route”. Around this time (2008) I had heard that the Midway chapel’s original stained glass window (which had been removed from the ship prior to decommissioning) had been located onboard the USS Independence CV-62, which was in the mothball fleet at Bremerton Washington.

The story was that the three-panel stained glass window had been installed in the Midway’s chapel during her 1967-1970 overhaul at Hunter’s Point. The Midway had sailed with that window for the next 22 years, until she was sent home to be decommissioned after having been the flagship during Desert Storm. In 1992 as she passed through Pearl Harbor on her way back to the States for decommissioning and an assumed future with the scrap yard, Midway cross-decked with the USS Independence at Pearl Harbor, where the airwing and other equipment was transferred to the Indy, which was replacing Midway at Yokosuka Japan as America’s only aircraft carrier to be homeported in a foreign
port. The Indy installed the window panels in her own chapel and went on to Japan, keeping the windows for the rest of her operational career.

Fast forward to 2008, and the report came in that the Midway’s chapel windows were still intact on the now mothballed Indy. We received permission from the Naval History and Heritage Command to board Indy and retrieve the windows, which were to be put on loan to the museum and re-installed on the Midway. With the windows returning “home”, I proposed the idea to the museum’s Exhibits Planning Committee that a chapel should be opened on the public tour route, adding one more aspect to the “City At Sea” story.

Fortunately the perfect location for the new chapel was available for acquisition and restoration. It was on the tour route and was located adjacent to both the chaplain’s offices and the chaplain’s staterooms. It was currently being used as a non-public exhibits preparation space, but those duties were easily transferred elsewhere. It had the added incentive in that it had once served as an auxiliary chapel and classroom for the chaplain’s department, so it already had a history of hosting religious services.

The Exhibits department already had their hands full restoring other spaces onboard, so I volunteered to do the restoration with volunteers from my Curatorial department. I received approval to go ahead with the project, and led a small team (usually 3-4 other people) in the restoration.

The white painted metal walls were prepped to receive coverings of an artificial wood veneer, similar to that used in the original chapel (which still exists one deck lower in the ship). New ceiling panels were cut and installed to replace the many ceiling panels that were missing. One of the three stained glass window panels had been received broken into pieces, but it was repaired with no visible damage, and all three panels were cleaned. A framework to hold the panels and a system of backlit lights was installed at the forward end of the new chapel, and the windows were once again on display onboard their home, the USS Midway.

January Full Moon, January 17

Wolf pack howls at the full moon.
Are they moon struck,
do they laud canis major,
or is it the agony of biting cold
from the Wolf Moon or the Ice Moon?

Moon of many names
Moon after Yule,
Old Moon
Marker of festivals
Hindu (Shakambhari Purnima, the last day in the eight-day Shakambari Navratri holiday that celebrates the goddess Shakambhari.)
Myanmar (corresponds with the Ananda Pagoda Festival, a week-long celebration of this Buddhist temple built in 1105 A.D. in the city of Bagan.)
Sri Lanka (Duruthu Poya, which commemorates Siddhartha Gautama Buddha's first visit to Sri Lanka.

For more information about Moons and the Calendar click here.

Some Books that Entered the Public Domain in 2022.

From the

Duke Law > Centers & Programs > Center for the Study of the Public Domain > Public Domain Day 2022

Works from 1926 entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2022.

So many books, so little time.

Reblog: The Penlee Lifeboat Disaster by Easy Malc

About half a mile or so outside of Mousehole on the road towards Newlyn is Penlee Point, a small promontory, which to me marks the westernmost point of Mounts Bay. Until 1983 it was the home of the Penlee lifeboat, but today the lifeboat station remains as a memorial to a tragic event that happened on the evening of the 19th December 1981.

To read more, click here.

Origins of Happy Hour

Contributed by Bonnie Brown: From https://corkdining.com/cocktails/its-prime-cocktail-time-the-origin-of-the-happy-hour/

Further info was provided by Carl Snow: ” I’ve always heard that the reason boxing matches are called “Smokers” is that, along with the happy hour, cigars were made available, and the smoking lamp was lit in the vicinity of the boxing ring, usually on or adjacent to the quarterdeck on the aft main deck.”

From Barrett Tillman

Passing the word about Happy Hour, which reminds me:
In Mid 70s the USAF proclaimed that Happy Hour carried undesirable connotations so bases were instructed to call it something else.
Fairchild’s CO thereby complied by saying that the social hour would be called Something Else.

Here We Come A ‘Tunnelling -Library Carrel 1, 2021

The inspiration for this carrel is a response to Teagan's Armadillo Files where we are currently on episode 16.

Here we come a  'tunneling among the clay so red 
Here we come a 'tunneling our imaginations fed 
By the plot and its twists 
Not a detail to be missed 
As we read of the shenannigans of Dilly and Fang
 and get to know new members of the gang. 

TROLLEY has delivered them to the hills of Tennessee 
During the time of World War II, parallel reality 
Nothing is  like it seems 
Are we in a waking dream? 
Where the plot is derived from ideas that we submit, 
What will we find when we reach the summit? 

November 16 is National Fast Food Day and National Check Your Wipers Day

You may want to check your wipers on the way to your favorite Fast Food restaurant.

  • Merriam-Webster dictionary first recognized the term “fast food” in 1951
  • Fun fact: The first Happy Meal was served in June of 1979.

Q. Which is faster, drive-thru or walking in?
A. Much of it depends on the time of day. During busy lunch and dinner hours, the line of cars might stretch to the street and it is probably quicker to go in to order at a fast-food restaurant. However, during slower times, the drive-thru will beat the lobby almost every time. Additionally, most restaurants have their drive-thru systems down to a science, shaving off the time it takes to complete an order and increasing the number of customers served through the drive-thru.

Reblog: Hortense Damam Clews: Wartime Resistance Heroine and Concentration Camp Survivor

Before she was 18, Hortense was risking her life in the Belgian resistance in this fascinating retelling by Denzil Walton. To find out her incredible story, click here.

The book The Lilac Girls, while not about Hortense, does have a doctor who did experiments in Ravensbruck, if you want to read more about the concentration camp for women.

Veteran’s Day–November 11

Did you know that Veteran’s Day was called Armistice Day until 1954 when President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday?

Did you know that, unlike Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day honors all veterans from all wars (living or dead)?

Did you know that Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I? Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

Did you know that Great Britain, France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November)?

Did you know that in Europe, Great Britain, and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11?

Do you know how many countries have Tombs of the Unknown Soldier? After 1945 it became a global phenomenon. Today more than 50 countries have a war memorial housing the remains of an unidentified soldier. These tombs have become national shrines.

Did You Know that the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is 100 Years Old This Year?

Since November 11, 1921, the Tomb has provided a final resting place for one of America’s unidentified World War I service members, and Unknowns from later wars were added in 1958 and 1984.

To read more and see what ceremonies are planned, click here.

Whether they rest in peace
or rest in pieces
In the quiet tomb
it doesn't matter
World's worry ceases.

For the first time in nearly 100 years, and as part of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial Commemoration, the public will be able to walk on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Plaza and lay flowers in front of the Tomb on Nov. 9 and 10, 2021.

The flower ceremony will start at 8 a.m. Nov. 9 with representatives from the Crow Nation placing flowers at the Tomb. They will recite a prayer in honor of Chief Plenty Coups, who served as a scout for the U.S. Army.

Invited by President Warren Harding, Chief Plenty Coups was the sole representative of Native Americans for the dedication of the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier in 1921. He gave a short speech in his native tongue in honor of the soldier and the occasion. He placed his war-bonnet and coup stick upon the tomb, which are preserved in a display case in Arlington.

October 26 is National Pumpkin Day

National Pumpkin Day recognizes a favored autumn decoration and food on October 26th. Not only do they make great fall decorations, but the pumpkin also completes a variety of tasty recipes.

This squash is native to North America. The oldest evidence of pumpkin-related seeds dates back to somewhere between 7000 and 5500 BC to seeds found in Mexico.

Pumpkin season started late in the summer
With PSL, not to be a late-comer
Soon it appeared in pancakes and pies
Sometimes snuck by in some other disguise

Not just as food, but house decorations
Celebrating the harvest and fall celebrations
Reigning supreme until late November
Then swept out by Christmas when we get to December.

Colin Powell’s 13 Rules of Leadership

Colin Powell, son of Jamaican immigrants, passed away today from COVID complications. He was fully vaccinated but had been suffering from some underlying health conditions. He was the National Security Advisor under President Reagan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H. W. Bush and President Clinton. He was Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.

I was the librarian at Ft Myer when he lived in Quarters 1 at Ft Myer. Although he did not visit the library, he wife, Alma was a frequent library user. He left most of his papers to the NDU Library and frequently called the Special Collections Staff to do research from his collection. He would visit the library occasionally, where I had to privilege of meeting him.

Colin Powell’s Leadership List

Like most of our leadership lists, Powell’s rules are actually lessons themselves, gleaned from his decades in uniform.

1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.

There’s a silver lining in every cloud, you just have to find it. That’s not always as easy as it sounds. Things might look bad today, but if you’ve put in the effort, tomorrow will be a brighter day. It’s a state of mind; believe it and you will make it happen.

2. Get mad, then get over it.

There’s always going to be days when events—or people—push you to the edge. When you do lose your temper, don’t lose control at the same time. People always remember the leader with a bad temper, and never in a good way.

3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

People who think that their way is the only way tend to experience a lot of disappointment. Things aren’t always going to go your way, that’s just a fact of life. Be humble enough to accept that fact.

4. It can be done!

Just about anything can be accomplished if you set your mind to it, have the necessary resources, and the time to get it done. Don’t succumb to the skeptics; listen to what they have to say and consider their perspective but stay focused and positive.

5. Be careful what you choose.

Don’t rush into a bad decision. Take the time to consider your options, weigh the relevant facts, and make reasoned assumptions. Once you pull the trigger, there are no do-overs. So make it count.

6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

Powell was fond of connecting good leadership to good instincts. Be a leader who hones judgement and instinct. Take the time to shape your mental models. Learn how to read a situation for yourself. Become the decision-maker your people need you to be.

7. You can’t make someone else’s choices.

Never allow someone else to make your decisions for you. Ultimately, you’re responsible for your own decisions. Don’t duck that responsibility and don’t succumb to external pressures. Make your own decisions and live with them.

8. Check small things.

Success is built on a lot of seemingly minor details. Having a feel for those “little things” is essential. In a 2012 interview, David Lee Roth shared the story of how Van Halen used brown M&Ms as an indicator of whether large concert venues paid attention to the minor details critical to a major performance. Leaders must have ways to check the little things without getting lost in them.

9. Share credit.

Success relies on the effort of the entire team, not just the leader. Recognition motivates people in ways that are immeasurable. Don’t be a glory hog. Share credit where credit is due and allow your people to stand in the spotlight. It ain’t about you. It’s about them.

10. Remain calm. Be kind.

Keep calm and carry on. Kill ‘em with kindness. When chaos reigns, a calm head and a kind word go a long way. When everyone is under incredible stress, be the leader people want to follow, not the leader people want to avoid.

11. Have a vision. Be demanding.

Followers need to things from leaders—a purpose and a firm set of standards. When you see leaders fail, it is almost always for one of those two things. They either lead their followers in a flailing pursuit of nothing, or they don’t set and enforce an example for their people.

12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.

Fear can be a powerful motivator, but it can also paralyze a leader at the worst possible time. Learn to understand your fears and channel them in ways that you control rather than allowing them to control you. Think clearly, think rationally, and make decisions that aren’t rooted in emotion.

13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Optimism is infectious. Maintaining a positive attitude and an air of confidence is as important for you as it is for those around you. People will feed off your optimism. Believe in your purpose, believe in yourself, and believe in your people. And they’ll believe in you.

September 18 is National Respect Day

It seems appropriate that Aretha Franklin’s RESPECT was selected as the best song ever by Rolling Stone Magazine on September 17.

Respect” is a song written and originally recorded by American soul singer Otis Redding. It was released in 1965 as a single from his third album Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul and became a crossover hit for Redding. In 1967, fellow soul singer Aretha Franklin covered and rearranged “Respect”, resulting in a bigger hit and her signature song. The music in the two versions is significantly different, while a few changes in the lyrics resulted in different narratives around the theme of human dignity that have been interpreted as commentaries on traditional gender roles.

18th September is National Respect Day. Teaching respect and raising awareness about domestic and dating violence was done with the goal of ending violence against women and children.
Observe the day by becoming involved to educate respect and prevent violence.

Expect Respect
Reject Neglect 
If he doesn't respect you
Expect he'll neglect you

September 17 is Constitution Day

Celebrated on September 17, Constitution Day, also known as Constitution and Citizenship Day, honors the document that guarantees Americans their essential rights. Since its ratification in 1787, the Constitution of the United States has served as the basis for all U.S. laws.

To prevent the abuses of power they felt subjected to under the British monarchy, the Founding Fathers framed the Constitution carefully, distributing power between three branches of government. The Constitution outlines the government’s powers, the limitations on those powers, and the rights of citizens. It also outlines an amendment process for making changes in the future.

If you listen to politicians, pundits, and even ordinary people pontificate about the US Constitution, most of them have little real idea what they are talking about.

How well do you know the U.S. Constitution? Take the quiz.